All across the country, people get in the holiday spirit during the Christmas season by volunteering at local soup kitchens, homeless centers, animal shelters and beyond. However, volunteers typically decrease as we head into each new year as people resume their busy schedules. Even though the holiday season is over, volunteer and nonprofit organizations need help all year long in order to maintain their humanitarian services. Check out these 5 ways you can give back to the community after the new year:
1. Donate food, money or time to your local soup kitchen
Local soup kitchens are always in need of food and monetary donations in order to maintain operations and ensure they have enough resources to adequately feed those in need. If you’re unable to donate money or food, organizations like these are always in need of volunteers to servefood with bright, smiling faces. If you’re unsure how to find a soup kitchen or food bank near you, VolunteerMatch can help you find the perfect fit in your area!
2. Become a mentor to a child in need
There are thousands of children across America who don’t have someone to turn to when times get rough, and many of these kids are in our very own communities. Big Brothers Big Sisters was started in 1904 for that very reason — to help kids stay out of trouble by changing their perspectives and giving them an opportunity to reach their full potential. Get involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters today to leave an impact on a child that will last forever.
3. Join a community garden
Community gardens are so important because they not only serve as beautiful visual improvements in urban areas; they also give access to land to people who would otherwise be unable to build and care for their own gardens, such as those who live in apartment buildings. Find a community garden near you here, and put your green thumb to work this new year!
4. Work on a local beautification project
If gardening isn’t your thing, there are tons of other beautification projects out there that may be more fitting for you! Maybe you’re passionate about cleaning up litter, painting a mural or creating a little free library! The opportunities are endless, and you’ll likely make friends with a lot of like-minded people in your community, too!
5. Become an organ donor
In today’s digital world, it’s easier than ever before to become an organ donor. According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, about 20 people die every day simply because they do not have access to healthy organs due to a shortage of organ donors. Register online here and give up to eight people the gift of life.
Now that you know several ways you can give back to the community after the new year, choose the best fit for you and set out to make your community a cleaner, safer and more caring environment for everyone. Plus, while you’re out changing the world, Wearever incontinence underwear, panties and briefs will help you stay dry day and night.